Thanks to social media, the white picket fence has gone viral, morphing into superficial smiles and depictions of the American ideal, hiding the reality that people prefer not to document. While this can have a conformist impact on society, platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat also hold the powerful ability to amplify voices that have previously been underrepresented and stereotyped.
Even if the proof is there that the competition gap in women’s basketball is closing, Twitter trolls care not. They get pure enjoyment of having the opportunity to ridicule Auriemma and his Huskies for two consecutive Final Four losses, suggesting the American Athletic Conference or weak competition in women’s basketball are to blame for failure at the biggest stage.
Facebook claims social media is threatening democracy by becoming a main source for political propaganda. News agencies and other such persons with political agendas push bias onto us through social media sources, whether it’s the Russians being behind the 2016 elections or that Hillary Clinton had a child trafficking business in a small-town pizza joint.
There was once a time in our nation’s history when breaking news was delivered door-to-door by a school-aged paperboy, pedaling his way across neighborhoods on a rusty bicycle. At the sound of his bell, papers were dropped onto doormats and it was there that barefooted men and women would step outside to receive the Sunday news.